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The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan are four provincial land use plans that work together to manage growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl and protect the natural environment. These plans support agriculture and promote economic development in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe. As Canada’s largest economic engine, the Greater Golden Horseshoe is also one of the fastest growing regions in North America. It contains some of Canada’s best farmland, valuable water resources, and world-renowned natural features like the Niagara Escarpment.

A co-ordinated review of the four plans began in February 2015. An Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie completed its work and provided its recommendations in December 2015 (Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041 [PDF 25MB])The Advisory Panel noted “there is strong support for these plans” but “there is an urgent need to improve the plans.” The Government of Ontario reviewed and considered all the feedback received from stakeholders, the public, Indigenous communities, and the Advisory Panel and on May 10, 2016 released proposed changes to the four plans, and asked the public for their feedback.

The deadline to provide feedback on the proposed changes was October 31, 2016. Thank you for your input. 

The feedback we received is being considered as part of the review and analysis of the  proposed amendments to these plans.. We expect to release final plans in early 2017.

In addition to seeking feedback on these proposed changes, the province has been undertaking the following actions in response to the Advisory Panel recommendations and what was heard in the consultations of spring 2015:

  • Considering possible expansion of the Greenbelt outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area where important water resources are under pressure from urban growth
  • Obtaining detailed technical information from municipalities, conservation authorities and landowners in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to determine if further refinements to the Greenbelt are required. This will also help us determine impacts on specific properties.
  • Supporting implementation through guidance documents and the mapping of natural heritage and agricultural systems outside the Greenbelt.

The province is also committed to continuing its engagement with the region’s First Nations and Métis communities.

Proposed changes to the plans

Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

This document provides an overview of the proposed changes to the four plans. 

The proposed revised plans (see below) contain the revised policies and should be consulted for precise wording. 

Please note: The deadline for providing input on the proposed changes was October 31, 2016. We expect to release final plans in early 2017.

For more information about the Co-ordinated Review:

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